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  • Police: Townsend burglary suspect assaults trooper, K-9

  • A 19-year-old Townsend man is accused of assaulting a state trooper and a K-9 officer after they linked him to the burglary of a local pediatrics office last week.
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  • A 19-year-old Townsend man is accused of assaulting a state trooper and a K-9 officer after they linked him to the burglary of a local pediatrics office last week.
    Charles Dumire has since been connected to the burglary of a Townsend veterinarian hospital earlier in the month, according to Delaware State Police spokesman Cpl. John Day.
    Dumire was arrested on Feb. 13 after police responded to a burglary alarm at Appoquinimink Pediatrics in the 3900 block of DupPont Parkway.
    Responding trooper discovered that a door to the business had been kicked in and someone had unsuccessfully attempted to kick their way into locked office doors, before climbing to the building’s attic and dropping through the ceiling, Day said.
    Troopers found footprints in the snow outside the building and a K-9 officer was called in to follow the trail.
    The K-9 officer led his handler to the backdoor of a nearby home, Day said.
    Dumire answered the door of the residence and pushed a trooper down a set of outdoor steps after being told he was being detained as a part of the burglary investigation, Day said.
    The K-9 officer ran towards Dumire, who shut the door on the dog as it entered the home.
    The K-9 managed to push through the door, followed by the trooper who deployed a Taser to subdue Dumire after an extended struggle, Day said.
    Dumire was taken to Christiana Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries before being released back into police custody.
    On Feb. 14, state police detectives conducted a search of Dumire’s home, where they recovered computers and other items stolen from Appoquinimink Pediatrics. Detectives also recovered evidence linking Dumire to a Feb. 7 break-in at Bay Animal Hospital in the 3800 block of DuPont Parkway in which cash and checks were stolen, Day said.
    Dumire is charged with burglary, second-degree assault on a law enforcement canine, offensive touching of a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, possession of burglar tools, theft and criminal mischief.
    He is currently being held at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institute on a $10,500 cash bail and a $5,500 secured bail.

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